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Photo of the Month

Chemical Engine
By Emilee Dehmer, research assistant 

On December 19, 1888 the Rogers Hose Company No. 1 was chartered. For 34 years, volunteers risked their lives to help serve and protect their community. Then in 1922, the unit reorganized and officially became the Rogers Fire Department. 

While the department was still the Rogers Hose Company, the first power equipment was purchased in 1915. The RHC purchased a 1915 American LaFrance Chemical Engine for $5,000. A chemical engine differs from a pump engine, in the fact that it holds a set reserve and has no pump to be connected to an outside water source. The chemical tanks are filled with water, and bi-carbonate soda is dissolved into it. Sulfuric acid is then put into a receptacle at the top, and a rotation of the tank allows the two to effectively mix. The reaction of these chemicals forces the water out of the hose and the fire can then be extinguished. Chemical Engines however, were inefficient because when the supplies were expended it was difficult to restock during an emergency. 

When the RHC purchased the chemical engine, they bought it with the intention to convert the truck to a traditional pump truck. They learned, though, that the cost to convert would be around the cost of a new truck, so they traded in the 1915 chemical engine for a 1919 pump truck. This pump truck cost $8,500 and over the years was given the nickname “Old Hulda.” No one knows what “Hulda” is however. The pump truck had no chemicals at all and needed to be connected to hydrants to receive water. The truck was retired in 1955 and can be viewed at the Fire Museum located at the Rogers Fire Department. 

Today, the Rogers Fire Department has upgraded from “Old Hulda” and currently has 18 frontline emergency vehicles including: five engine companies, two truck companies, one heavy rescue unit, four ambulances, one airport fire response unit, two brush pumpers, and one command unit. Under the command of Fire Chief Tom Jenkins, the Rogers Fire Department continues to provide excellent service to the community, keeping the citizens safe from harm. 

From the creation of the Rogers Hose Company in 1888 to the reorganization as the Rogers Fire Department in 1922; from a chemical truck to over 18 trucks; from original fire chief John H. Rebholtz to Tom Jenkins, the Rogers Fire Fighters have been dedicated to helping serve the citizens of the community for many years, and for many years to come.



More Photos of the Month

Rogers Academy Class of 1896
Applegate Family
Bingham, George H.
John Black and Hugh “Tater” Black
Blackburn, J.A.C.
Blaylock, Sarah
Carter, C. Jimmie
Clarke, A.O.
Curry, Dr. William Jasper
Decker, Charles
Felker, William R.
Ford, Edsel
Funk, Erwin
Harvey, Coin
Hawkins, Harold and Frank Jr.
Hill, Fred
Jacobs, Thomas
Keck, Jack
Key, Vera
Kirksey, Birch
Lingle, Greer
Lockhart, Tracy
McNeil, Tom
Means, Joe
Morgan, Tom
Morsani, Al
Myler, John
The Sagers
Sikes, J. Wade

J.L. Shinpaugh, Rogers City Marshal
Steele, John Bell and Mary Van Winkle
Thaden, Louise
Rice, Dr. Rufus S.
Rogers, Betty Blake
Rogers, C.W.
Rogers Dough Boys
Rogers, Will

Tribble, Letsie
Truman Boling, Master Builder

Vick Will

Beaver Dam
Beaver Lake
Butterfield Trail
Camp Joyzelle
Confederate Monument
Coin Harvey’s Spring Lake and Falls
Lake Atalanta
Monte Ne
Old Highway 12 Bridge
Park Springs Park
War Eagle
The Amphitheater at Monte Ne
Silica Mining
Frisco Tunnel at Winslow
Wonderland Cave in Bella Vista
The Ozark Bluff Dwellers
Fisherman's Camp
Kruse's Gold Mine
Highway 71
Hanging Tree


The Apple Industry
Callahan's Station
Cattle Ranching
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Daisy Manufacturing
Decker Motor Co.
Dyke Lumber Co.
Hailey Motor Co.
House of Webster
McNeil Chevrolet
Poultry Industry
Pressing Sorghum Cane
Rogers Champion
Rogers Hardware Co.
Rogers Transfer & Storage
Suzie-Q Malt Shop


Rogers Academy
Rogers High School
Sunnyside Elementary School

The Applegate house
112 South First Street
Bank Of Rogers Building
Benton County Jail
B.F. Sikes Log Cabin
Central Methodist Episcopal Church
J.B. Steele House, 303 South First Street
Juhre Building (1894)
Golden Rule Building (circa 1894)
Lane Hotel
Love's Sanitarium
Mutual Aid Union Building
Palace of the Ozarks
Rogers City Hall
Rogers City Jail
Rogers Milling Company
Rogers Opera House
Rogers Post Office
Rogers Wholesale Grocery Company
The Key Wing
The Stroud Building (1899)
The Victory Theater
James and Sally McDaniel Home

The Stroud Home
The Tribble House
The Rocky Branch School

206th C.A. A.A
Home Demonstration Club
Rogers First Elks Lodge
Rogers Garden Club
Women's Study Club/Mas Luz Club
Benton County Possum Hunters
Rogers High School Football Team 1921
Rogers High School Marching Band 1942
936th Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War
1960's Rogers High School Spirit
Arkansas State Guard in WWII


Apple Blossom Festivals
Benton County Fair
Bolin Murder Inquest 
Ozark Golden Jubilee
Rogers Centennial Posse
Rogers Diamond Jubilee (1956)
Santa's Rocket Sleigh
The Arrival of Santa Claus (1945)
The Brightwater Train Wreck (1907)
The Great Car Skate on Lake Atalanta (1940)
Thanksgiving (1904)
The Last Reunion of Pea Ridge Veterans


Chemical Engine
Christmas Memories
Frisco Railroad
Mining in Northwest Arkansas
Natural Resources
Rogers' Congregational Church
Rogers Fire Department
Rogers Police Cars
St. Mary's Hospital
Tobacco and Benton County
Still Busting near Bentonville
John Boat
Tall Tree Tales

Civil Defense in the 1960's
Early Cars
Rogers Yuletide
Brick Streets
Rural Road Work



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